17 April, 2011
Since two different people mentioned the weekend design challenge in the feedback thread, I figured I'd relent. Since one of the people asking about it is The Ancient
Pokémon Gaming Noob, I figured I'd make something for him. (Make sure to shame him if he doesn't participate!)
The challenge this weekend is to come up with a monster in the style of the Pokémon games. Read on for more info.
The development history of Pokémon is interesting reading for me. The inspiration for the game was Satoshi Tajiri's interest in bugs as a kid. He saw his favorite stomping places get paved over and lamented the loss of modern children to go dig in the dirt and find bugs like he did. When he saw the Game Boy and its link cable, he Satoshi Tajiri had in mind an image of bugs climbing inside the wire.
With this in mind, your goal is to create a friendly monster (perhaps based on something from you childhood) that you think you'd find within a Pokémon game. Share your creations below in the comments.